Program Announcement

Unsound Festival NY 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 to Sunday, April 6, 2014

Unsound Festival New York, fearless, bold and adventurous, is a stateside edition of the annual premiere alternative music festival Unsound Festival in Krakow, Poland (now in its twelfth year). After taking 2013 off to launch successful editions of Unsound in Adelaide, Australia (at Adelaide Festival) and London, England, spring 2014 sees their return with this fourth New York edition running from Wednesday April 2nd through Sunday April 6th at venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including ISSUE Project Room.

Unsound Festival New York retains the principles of the eponymous Krakow edition, bringing together diverse sounds that do not usually co-exist on the same bill. From new classical music to underground club explorations, from the experimental to the purely sensory, the fantastic musical experience that is Unsound Festival New York aims to both challenge the ears and expand the mind.

The artists featured this year will be Oren Ambarchi (Australia), Wilhelm Bras (Poland), Suzanne Ciani (USA), copeland (Estonia), Demdike Stare (UK), DeepChord (USA), Michael England (UK), Evol (Spain), Huerco S (USA), Ital & Halal (USA), Kapital (Poland), Piotr Kurek (Poland), Le Petit Garçon (Norway), Leisure Muffin (USA), Paal Nilssen-Love (Norway), Ben Manley (USA), Sean Meehan (USA), Miles (UK), Neotantrik (UK), Phill Niblock (USA), Pietnastka (Poland), Robert Piotrowicz (Poland), Porter Ricks (Germany), James Rushford (Australia), string players from Sinfonietta Cracovia (Poland), Hakon Stene (Norway), Stara Rzeka (Poland), Joe Talia (Australia), Vladislav Delay (Finland), Ben Vida (USA), Andy Votel (UK) and Hubert Zemler (Poland).

Unsound is presented by: Fundacja Tone and the Polish Cultural Institute New York, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Production Partner: ISSUE Project Room

In co-operation with: TMU (Trust for Mutual Understanding), City of Krakow, Krakow Festival Office, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York, Goethe-Institute New York, Electronic Music Foundation, the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, BAMcinématek, The Bunker, Mutual Dreaming, Experimental Intermedia and SubPac.


Additional dates:



Thursday April 3 - 7:30pm - Free
@ David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W.62 St, NYC

* Pietnastka
* Neotantrik & Suzanne Ciani – USA Premiere
Part of the Target® Free Thursdays series.



Friday April 4 - 10pm - $20 ADV
Mutual Dreaming @ Cameo Gallery, 93 N.6th St, Brooklyn, NY

* DeepChord (Live)
* copeland (Live)
* Wilhelm Bras (Live)
* Huerco S (DJ)
* Visuals by Aurora Halal
* Lighting installation by Nitemind



Saturday April 5 - 1:30-6pm - Free
Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building, 5 E. 3rd St, NYC

Artist talks and discussions:
* 1:30 - Listening Session: Thomas Koner from Porter Ricks
* 3pm - Dialogue: Suzanne Ciani + Andy Votel
* 4:30pm: Panel Discussion: Network Theory—An Introduction and Inquisition for ICAS (International Cities of Advanced Sound)



Saturday April 5 - $13 / $8 BAM Cinema Club members
BAMcinématek @ BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY

* “Rondo” (directed by Janusz Majewski) with a live score by Piotr Kurek
* Andy Votel presents “Kleksploitation” – USA Premiere



Saturday April 5 - Doors 9pm - $20 adv - 21+
The Bunker @ The Wick, 260 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY

* Porter Ricks (Live)
* Vladislav Delay (Live)
* Ital & Halal (Live) – World Premiere
* Miles (DJ)
* Leisure Muffin (Live)
* Le Petit Garçon (Live)
Porter Ricks presented with support from the Goethe-Institut New York

Solo sets by both artists accompany a new interpretation of John Cage's "Williams Mix" (1952) by Werner Dafeldecker and Valerio Tricoli, approaching the score from a contemporary perspective. In the context of digital audio and live instrumental performance, the work draws on a library of over 2000 pre-recorded sounds.

Clarinetist Carol Robinson and trumpeter Nate Wooley give American and World Premieres of new works by iconoclastic French composers Denis Dufour and Eliane Radigue. Radigue's "Occam" pieces are part of a substantial set of new works composed with a small group of the world’s finest contemporary musical voices.

Electronics manipulator Tim Goss, formerly of the Shadow Ring, appears with Call Back the Giants, an inter-generational duo with his daughter, Chloe Mutter. Vanessa Rossetto conjures evocative visual-soundscapes in a duo with guest TBA. Matt Krefting presents his refined, textural soundscapes in a solo performance.